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Tucson, Arizona-based Artisoft Inc has announced a 32-bit version of its LANtastic network operating system, designed for IBM Corp OS/2 users. Claiming it to be the first widespread OS/2 peer-to-peer network operating system on the market, Artisoft says LANtastic for OS/2 network will enable users of LANtastic versions 5.0 and 6.0, CorStream, and Simply LANtastic, to integrate OS/2 system machines into their MS-DOS and Windows networks. In addition, users will be able to connect to servers on IBM’s LAN Server and Microsoft Corp’s Windows for Workgroups, Windows NT, and LAN Manager systems, reports Artisoft. A further boon claimed by the company is that LANtastic for OS/2 network users will be able to co-exist with Novell Inc’s NetWare 3 and 4 and LAN Server network client software on the same machine, enabling simultaneous operation on multiple networks. In addition, the product is claimed to provide support for network applications that use Named Pipes, enabling users to take advantage of distributed, client-server applications as well as database systems based on the SQL software standard. LANtastic for OS/2 can reportedly be configured to use Artisoft’s NodeRunner/SI and Eagle Technology Inc’s NE2000 network adaptors, as well as third-party adaptors supplied with standard OS/2 Network Drivier Interface Specification 2.0. Artisoft says it that will be offering the LANtastic for OS/2 network in one-, five-, 10-, 25-, 50-, and 100-user software kits. Prices will start from $140 for a one-user kit and will rise to $5,000 for the 100 user version. The 32-bit LANtastic is due to ship at the end of the year.

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